Microendoliths Coral Bleaching And Environmental Change (2005–2007)
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of Australia s greatest environmental assets. Corals the framework builders of reefs like the GBR live in close association with dinoflagellates in the coral tissue and skeletal dwelling microalgae. The latter have been largely overlooked although they may influence processes related to recovery of corals or their destruction. Understanding the role of microendoliths in shaping coral reefs in a time in which coral reefs are facing increasing stress and are disappearing from the world s tropical oceans is of great importance. This team will define the role of microendoliths in shaping the fate of coral reefs.